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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1966-10-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1966-10-31




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Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Transferred by Alan Bershaw

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"Acid Test Graduation Jam"

from Grateful Dead & Merry Pranksters The Acid Test Reels 1965-1967

A chronological compilation of the Acid Test recordings listed in The Grateful Dead Tapers Compendium Volume One.

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Reviewer: Dead In Istanbul - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2016
Subject: Nice for what it is
The jam is a nice one but as mentioned below this doesn't seem to be the Dead. The bass line is a giveaway straight away. Also, the Dead were advertised to be playing at California Hall (Polk St. in San Francisco) for a Halloween costume dance ball called Dance of Death. A poster for the show is here: http://www.concertpostergallery.com/concertposters/wp-content/uploads/1237340680dance-largest.jpeg. The only Halloween of their 60's era on a Monday was 1966.
Reviewer: InfinityOE - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2011
Subject: Acid Test 19 of 19
Not a bad jam to go out on. Definitely doesn't compare to the Dead (IMO)... A bit too much "noise" for me, which is why I think the Dead strayed away from this as the '70's grew nearer. Would've loved to hear more from this... Some Neal Cassady banter would be nice.

Did you pass the Acid Test?
Reviewer: Phly2theMoon - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2010
Subject: Participants
In Tom Wolfe's book, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests", there was a mention that the Dead were booked somewhere else, I think The Avalon, for the graduation, and that a band named Anonymous Artists of America(2) was to take the Dead's place. Various MP's kept interrupting and fiddling with the sound and mics during their performance, so they quit and left. After that, the Pranksters themselves took up their instruments and began to play. This is probably the AAofA, but the harmonica makes me think that it may be the Pranksters, late in the evening. I really don't know, since I wouldn't be born for another 11 years anyway. Just my 2 cents... (2)http://www.pranksterweb.org/grad.htm
Reviewer: beantown_adc - favorite - October 10, 2009
Subject: Yes, definitely not the dead
This sounds nothing like the dead. Neither the phrasing of the guitar nor the bass line sound anything like Jerry or Phil, and the beat's waaay too fast for that era's GD. They moved pretty consistently back & forth between straight-ahead electric blues and the white-boy SF harmonies (a la Jefferson Airplane) at the time. Viola Lee Blues bridges the two pretty nicely, which is why it's one of the standouts of the era. In my humble opinion, that is... :-D
Reviewer: Holyguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2009
Subject: Hendrix?
I have a hunch this might be one of Hendrix's experimental-short lived groups. Perhaps the one that was contracted to do an album and finally did one live, here.
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2008
Subject: 10-31-66
Where's the rest of it? This is just a 5 minute or so track. Instrumental jam; it rocks and sounds great (5 star sound.) It's just a tease.
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